St. Michael, The Archangel
Feast Day – September 29
Sacred Scripture introduces Michael as the champion and leader of the faithful angels in their struggle against the rebel angels led by Lucifer or Satan. (See Revelation 12: 7-9)
Leaping across the biblical centuries, we find Michael celebrated annually on May 8, anniversary of his apparition on Monte Gargano, Italy. Michaelmas on September 29 recalled the dedication of the Church of St. Michael near Rome in the sixth century. Since 1970 the archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael share a joint feast day on September 29.
Archangels are no invention of fantasy or folklore. Michael, protective angel of the Jewish people, is the guardian angel of the Church. His Hebrew name translated into English as “Who is like God?” has long figured prominently in Christian tradition.
St. Michael is patron of policemen, sailors, radiologists and the sick. Some persons threatened with assault, mugging, or rape have found in him a potent friend in need. “Who is like Michael?” may well become the rallying cry of gratitude of all those who invoke him in any trouble, conflict, or emergency.